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With $7M, learn-to-code startup Treehouse eyes high school market | GigaOM EdTech News

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As competition builds among companies teaching people to code online, Portland,Ore.-based Treehouse says it has raised a “war chest” of new funds.

 

On Tuesday, the company said it had raised $7 million in a Series B round led by Kaplan Ventures and including the Social+Capital Partnership. The new cash brings the company’s total amount raised to $12.35 million.

 

Like competitors Codecademy, LearnStreet, lynda.com, Udemy and others, Treehouse offers online videos and lessons on web development, programming and other technical skills. With the new funding, CEO and founder Ryan Carson said the company plans to focus on product development and increase its headcount. Treehouse currently employs 55 people, 60 percent of which are involved in course development. While some rivals, including Codecademy and Udemy, build their libraries by letting anyone create lessons, Carson said a big differentiator is Treehouse’s emphasis on having in-house experts create curriculum and teach online.

 

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I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery. | Margaret Biser | Vox.com

Up until a few weeks ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation. My job was to lead tours and tell guests about the people who made plantations possible: the slaves.

The site I worked at most frequently had more than 100 enslaved workers associated with it— 27 people serving the household alone, outnumbering the home's three white residents by a factor of nine. Yet many guests who visited the house and took the tour reacted with hostility to hearing a presentation that focused more on the slaves than on the owners.

The first time it happened, I had just finished a tour of the home. People were filing out of their seats, and one man stayed behind to talk to me. He said, "Listen, I just wanted to say that dragging all this slavery stuff up again is bringing down America."

I started to protest, but he interrupted me. "You didn't know. You're young. But America is the greatest country in the world, and these people out there, they'd do anything to make America less great." He was loud and confusing, and I was 22 years old and he seemed like a million feet tall.

Lots of folks who visit historic sites and plantations don't expect to hear too much about slavery while they're there. Their surprise isn't unjustified: Relatively speaking, the move toward inclusive history in museums is fairly recent, and still underway. And as the recent debates over the Confederate flag have shown, as a country we're still working through our response to the horrors of slavery, even a century and a half after the end of the Civil War.

The majority of interactions I had with museum guests were positive, and most visitors I encountered weren't as outwardly angry as that man who confronted me early on. (Though some were. One favorite: a 60-ish guy in a black tank top who, annoyed both at having to wait for a tour and at the fact that the next tour focused on slaves, came back at me with, "Yeah, well, Egyptians enslaved the Israelites, so I guess what goes around comes around!")

Still, I'd often meet visitors who had earnest but deep misunderstandings about the nature of American slavery. These folks were usually, but not always, a little older, and almost invariably white. I was often asked if the slaves there got paid, or (less often) whether they had signed up to work there. You could tell from the questions — and, not less importantly, from the body language — that the people asking were genuinely ignorant of this part of the country's history.


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'Here Come the Videofreex': Film Review | Frank Scheck | The Hollywood Reporter

'Here Come the Videofreex': Film Review | Frank Scheck | The Hollywood Reporter | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Jenny Raskin and Jon Nealon's documentary recounts the story of a pioneering collective of video journalists who were the forerunners of public access television and the modern internet news era.

Thanks to the ubiquitous presence of cell phones, the ability to shoot video footage anywhere and anytime is now taken for granted. But it wasn't always the case, as Jenny Raskin and Jon Nealon's fascinating documentary about a group of early video pioneers illustrates. Recently screened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAMcinemaFest, "Here Come the Videofreex" should become mandatory viewing in journalism schools.

Largely composed of video footage shot more than four decades ago as well as contemporary interviews with such former members as David Cort, Nancy Cain, Skip Blumberg and others, the film relates how in 1969 several young people banded together to take advantage of Sony's recent invention of portable video cameras.


Dubbing themselves the "Videofreex," they began shooting impromptu news footage. They eventually attracted the attention of Don West, a young CBS news executive, who hired them to cover the counterculture that was largely being ignored by broadcast news organizations. Armed with cameras, the group traveled across the country in a CBS-provided RV.

"They treated us like rock stars," one of the members comments.

They snared the first-ever television interview with Abbie Hoffman during the trial of the Chicago 8, as well as one with Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton who was killed during a raid by the Chicago police just a few weeks later. They also covered the Woodstock music festival, interviewing attendees about such topics as the "bad acid" about which was warned against from the stage.

But their pilot episode was rejected by CBS and West left the network shortly thereafter, either as a result of being fired or resigning — even he's not exactly sure which. The collective managed to smuggle out their tapes and soon resumed their mission, covering such topics as the burgeoning women's movement, anti-war demonstrations and the 1972 Republican convention. They hosted well-attended weekly screenings in their Soho loft.


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Helsinki Guggenheim competition winner revealed | Adam Williams | GizMag.com

Helsinki Guggenheim competition winner revealed | Adam Williams | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Last year we reported on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's competition seeking a new Guggenheim museum for Helsinki, Finland. A winner has now been selected: Art in the City, by Paris-based firm Moreau Kusunoki.

Moreau Kusunoki's design comprises nine low volumes and a lighthouse-like tower that's connected to a nearby park via pedestrian footbridge. The building would be clad in locally-sourced charred timber, and would aim to offer an open, welcoming atmosphere. According to Dezeen, Art in the City is expected to cost €130 million (around US$45 million) to construct, and will comprise a total floorspace of roughly 12,100 sq m (130,200 sq ft), and boast 4,000 sq m (43,055 sq ft) of exhibition space.


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OH: Students learn STEAM at new camp | Sarah Guinn | The Athens Messenger

OH: Students learn STEAM at new camp | Sarah Guinn | The Athens Messenger | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Emmy Thompson and Erika Vigo, both 8, soaked up information they learned all week at the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks’ headquarters from touring local plants, building projects start-to-finish and putting the final touches on it with some craft time at Athens’ first-ever STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), which aimed to expose campers to manufacturing happening here in the region.

STEAM Camp was possible in part by Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown as well as the Athens County Commissioners.

“Manufacturing means inventing, creating, and building the tools, vehicles, and machines that will power the future,” Brown said in a news release. “We need talented, imaginative young people to become the next generation of Ohio manufacturers who will turn dreams into reality.”

Commissioner Chris Chmiel drove campers to Quidel to tour the facility as part of the camp, he said, to give them an inside look at the working-world in Athens.

“It was really great,” he said of his day with the campers. “The kids see (local manufacturing) and that’s something they might consider doing in a future job force training. It drives local economic development.”

Emmy and Erika said their favorite part of the camp, falling under the technology part, was learning how to use a 3-D printer, they both said, gleefully. With the press of a button, melted plastic became practical items like a comb, and then the girls printed fun things like cupcakes and minions, they said.


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New Teachers: Preparing, Planning, and Building Support Systems | Edutopia.org

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To set the stage for a successful first year of teaching, it’s important to do some advance planning and preparation.


We’ve collected a variety of resources to help new teachers start the year off right.


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IN: Ivy Tech at risk of losing workforce training money | Daily Herald

IN: Ivy Tech at risk of losing workforce training money | Daily Herald | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Ivy Tech Community College, with many campus locations in Indiana, is facing an Aug. 1 deadline to show progress in student success as state officials weigh whether to continue using the college system as a provider for workforce training and education programs.

The state funnels millions in federal Workforce Investment Act dollars to residents looking to improve their skills in the job market. Some take the money and go for two-year degrees, such as for a licensed practical nurse, while others attend short-term programs for industry certifications.

Providers are required to meet minimum completion rates set by the State Workforce Innovation Council. Two-year degree programs must graduate at least 28 percent students, while short-term, non-degree programs must achieve a 60 percent completion rate.

Ivy Tech is not meeting those thresholds for some programs, Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank told The Journal Gazette (http://bit.ly/1dbBmGS ).

Frank said the council is working with Ivy Tech to see if it can come into compliance.

"We have been very clear that we want to put our money where our mouth is. If we are going to put money on training and education programs, you have to have good results," he said.

Ivy Tech is already feeling pressure from lawmakers who have ordered a state review of its programs because of concerns about low graduation rates and declining enrollment. A state report showed fewer than 30 percent of its students complete a certificate or associate degree program within six years.


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The Supreme Court just legalized same-sex marriage across the US | German Lopez | Vox

In a landmark decision, the US Supreme Court on June 26 struck down states' same-sex marriage bans, effectively bringing marriage equality to the entire US.

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family," Justice Anthony Kennedy, who joined the court's liberals in the majority opinion, wrote. "[The challengers] ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

The ruling, which five justices supported and four dissented against, means same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, and states will soon have to grant marriage licenses to all same-sex couples. Before the ruling, same-sex marriages were allowed in 37 states and Washington, DC.


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Senators look to close broadband gap for schools with Digital Learning Equity Act | Sean Buckley | Fierce Telecom

Senators look to close broadband gap for schools with Digital Learning Equity Act | Sean Buckley | Fierce Telecom | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

United States Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) have introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 as a way to improve broadband access and close what they call an education gap for all students.

A key focus of the act is the recognition that access to a broadband Internet connection is an important enabler for students to get access to new personalized learning options made available through online and blended learning.

The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 aims to narrow this growing divide by supporting new methods to ensure students stay connected and extend access to digital learning opportunities when they leave the classroom.

The bill would authorize a program where states and school districts could pilot new approaches to increase home Internet access for students and expand digital learning resources, content, and tools. Participating schools could partner with a host of entities, such as libraries, nonprofits, businesses, or afterschool programs.

It would also direct the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to conduct a national study of the data associated with this growing digital divide, including information on the barriers to students having Internet access at home, how educators are adjusting classroom instruction to cope with this challenge, and how a lack of home Internet access impacts student participation and engagement.

The program would focus on serving rural schools, high-need schools and low-income students.


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In Mainstream Museums, Confronting Colonialism While Curating Native American Art | Sheila Regan | HyperAllergic

In Mainstream Museums, Confronting Colonialism While Curating Native American Art | Sheila Regan | HyperAllergic | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Recent criticism of The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, which closed recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sheds light on the many issues that arise when mainstream museums present Native American art. Weighted down by centuries of misrepresentation, cultural appropriation, and false narratives, encyclopedic institutions still struggle to present Native art in a respectful, honest way.

The Plains Indians show was organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and while it drew praise from the likes of reviewers from the New York Times and other mainstream publications, it was soundly blasted by Native American scholar Joe Horse Capture.

In an article published on Indian Country, Horse Capture writes critically of the show, saying he was asked to contribute to the catalogue, but declined when he found out there were no Native partners in putting together the exhibition.

That a show of that size and scope wouldn’t include Native American curatorial partners is indicative of a museum system that has for centuries seen Indigenous people as subjects. In the United States, where most of the large encyclopedic art museums were formed in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, legacies of putting Native cultures on display are deep-rooted and not so easily given up.


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Disparities in Internet access persist for poorer, non-white Americans, but gaps closing | Jon Gold | NetworkWorld.com

Disparities in Internet access persist for poorer, non-white Americans, but gaps closing | Jon Gold | NetworkWorld.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Americans with historically lower rates of Internet access are making progress in getting online, but there are still persistent disparities between rich and poor, and between English-speaking Asians and other ethnicities, according to data from the Pew Research Center released today.

Roughly three-quarters of American households making less than $30,000 a year are online, compared to fully 97% of those making $75,000 and up. A similar 97% figure was found for English-speaking Asian households, compared to 81% for Hispanic households and 78% for those of non-Hispanic black people. (The number for white households was 85%.)

There were, in addition, disparities based on age and education level in Pew’s survey data, which showed that younger people and the more educated were substantially more likely to be online than older and less well-educated people.

The long-standing split between urban and rural rates of Internet access was still in evidence as well, but it, along with most of the other gaps, has begun to close. In 2000, 42% of rural Americans were online, compared to 56% of urban residents, but the most recent data shows that those figures are now 78% and 85%, respectively – cutting the gap in half. Similarly, the racial, economic and educational disparities have all closed substantially over the first 15 years of the 21st Century.

Maeve Duggan, a research associate, said in a statement accompanying the release of the survey that there were two main trends evident from the data.


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NASA's Dawn zooms in on white spots, finds pyramid-like mountain on Ceres | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com

NASA's Dawn zooms in on white spots, finds pyramid-like mountain on Ceres | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Fresh images snapped by NASA's Dawn spacecraft have provided a clearer look at the enigmatic white spots that mark the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. The spots have baffled scientists who are unable to discern their nature or composition. To add to the intrigue the probe has spotted a solitary, unusual pyramid-like mountain jutting out of the otherwise relatively smooth surface.

The new images were produced as Dawn undertook a second mapping orbit of the dwarf planet from a distance of around 2,700 miles (4,400 km). On closer inspection, it appears that at least eight smaller spots are scattered next to a large primary spot in a 55-mile (90 km) wide crater.

The largest spot is estimated to be around 6 miles (9 km) wide, however exactly what it is and how it came to be remains a mystery. It is likely that the reflective nature of the phenomenon is owed to a composition of salt or ice, though further observation with the spacecraft's infrared mapping spectrometer will allow scientists to hone their theories.

What's more, the bright spots are not the only geological points of interest on Ceres.


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11 ways race isn’t real | Jenee Desmond-Harris | Vox.com

It was surprising — and, to many, annoying — to learn that Raven Symoné, the brown-skinned girl who played the adorable youngest character on TV's seminal black sitcom, The Cosby Show, doesn't consider herself "African-American." (In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, she said she thought of herself as "a colorless person.")

Symoné ultimately responded to those who'd called her comments misguided or tone deaf, clarifying in a statement to theGrio.com, "I never said I wasn't black." But the most fascinating thing about the whole story is that, even if she'd flat-out rejected that label, none of us could, with any authority, tell her she was wrong.

The discussion surrounding the actress's identity is just the latest example of how there's no consensus when it comes to who should be called what — black, white, Asian, or Latino — in the United States. It's a reminder that race is a social and political construct.

Most people have heard that concept by now. But what does it actually mean?


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Will CT lawmakers defend tax plan that’s good for students or succumb to corporate bullying? | Amanda Litvinov | NEA.org

Will CT lawmakers defend tax plan that’s good for students or succumb to corporate bullying? | Amanda Litvinov | NEA.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

As any schoolchild can tell you, sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing. Especially when you’re eyeball to eyeball with a gaggle of bullies determined to take you down the wrong path.

Connecticut Gov. Malloy and members of the state legislature are reliving this life lesson after adopting a budget earlier this month that closes several gaping corporate tax loopholes that have allowed major corporations to pay no income taxes in the state.

Several of those corporations—including General Electric and Aetna, which are among the state’s top employers—are threatening to close up shop in Connecticut if they can no longer avoid paying their fair share in income taxes there.

It’s hard to have a complete picture of what corporate giants like GE pay in corporate income taxes, because they won’t release those numbers. An analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice shows that GE routinely pays little or no state income tax. In 2014, GE made $5.75 billion in U.S. profits and paid less than zero in state income taxes.

That’s right—the company actually received $71 million in income tax rebates that year.

It is notable that GE was a longtime member of ALEC, the corporate lobbying machine that has helped conservative lawmakers nationwide convince constituents that being “business friendly” means giving tax breaks to mega-successful corporations that don’t need them.
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Nothing could be further from the truth, says Connecticut teacher and Education Association President Sheila Cohen.

“The same things that make a state a great place to live make it business-friendly—and that includes great schools and roads that provide businesses with a skilled workforce and efficient transportation,” said Cohen.

“This budget supports a progressive tax plan. It simply asks some of the largest, most successful corporations in the world to pay their fair share. Investing in public schools and Connecticut’s children is never a bad deal,” Cohen said.

Research shows that investments in public education give a better return on the state’s dollars than corporate tax breaks. Supporting great schools is also the right thing to do for kids and families.


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American History X-ed: How The Confederate Flag Was Divorced From Slavery & Segregation | Daily Kos

American History X-ed: How The Confederate Flag Was Divorced From Slavery & Segregation | Daily Kos | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

From a physical standpoint, Alexander Stephens made a rather ironic spokesman for the superiority of the white race. Standing 5 feet 7 inches in height, Stephens wasn't terribly short or tall by 19th century American standards, but he possessed a frame more suited to a 12 year old boy than a grown man.


Weighing a shade under 100 lbs soaking wet and perpetually in bad health, Stephens looked like a young Southern Benjamin Button. With his well-worn, yet somehow puckish features and his spindly limbs peeking out from underneath his two-sizes-too-big suits, Stephens truly looked like a man who was aging in reverse—a small child living in a shriveled old man's body.


Upon first encountering him, Abraham Lincoln described Stephens as, “a little slim, pale faced, consumptive man,” but went on to say that whatever physical deficiencies he possessed were more than outweighed by his skills as an orator. “[Stephens] has just concluded the very best speech, of an hour's length, I ever heard”, Lincoln wrote in the winter of 1848. “My old, withered, dry eyes are full of tears yet.”


13 years after Lincoln first heard him speak, Stephens took to the stage at the old Athenaeum in Savannah to deliver a speech that would justify the praise lauded on him in easier days by the newly elected President of the United States and to outline in no uncertain terms the causes and conditions that had led the country to the brink of civil war.


It was March 21st when Stephens spoke—the first full day of a spring that both the speaker and the captive audience filling the Athenaeum beyond capacity surely felt was being mirrored in the birth of their new nation, the Confederate States of America.


When Stephens, who had just been elected as the vice president of this new—yet unrecognized—nation, spoke to the people of Georgia that night, he did so in the uneasy limbo that lay between the formation of the Confederacy and the hostilities at Fort Sumter that would signal the start of the Civil War.


Just 10 days earlier Stephens and other members of the Confederate brain trust had put the final touches on the country's constitution and the newly elected vice president took it upon himself to explain to his people the raison d'etre of the Confederacy. What followed was the now infamous 'Cornerstone Speech'.


The Cornerstone Speech got its name from a line in Stephens's oratory that left no doubt as to why the states of the lower South had seceded. After describing slavery as, “the immediate cause of [this] late rupture and present revolution”, and going on a long diatribe about why Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers were fundamentally wrong in their presumption that the enslavement of African Americans was a moral and political evil that would eventually fade away,


Stephens told the assembled crowd that, “Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.”

There is no ambiguity in such a statement. Just as there is no ambiguity when Mississippi's Declaration of Secession states that, “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery– the greatest material interest of the world” or when Jefferson Davis, in his farewell speech to Congress, proclaims that his home state is leaving the Union because “the theory that all men are created free and equal [has] made the basis of an attack upon her social institutions.”


Any man or woman who endeavors to argue that anything other than slavery was the primary cause of the Civil War is simply engaging in that magical thinking promulgated after the fact by groups like the United Daughters of the Confederacy in order to create a narrative that not only lionizes the actions of the Confederate soldier, but serves as a tool to promote the aims of white supremacy.

Today, in the wake of what appears to be a tipping point in the public acceptance of Confederate iconography after the brutal murder of 9 black parishioners of Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston by a self-avowed white supremacist, there are many who are trying to keep alive the fallacious notion that the Stars and Bars is about anything but the representation of a failed state created out of the desire to maintain the peculiar institution of slavery.


Such a strange notion is based on the idea that the Confederate flag represents some sort of nebulous Southern heritage or inheritance that is miraculously divorced from the ubiquity of slavery in antebellum Southern life. However, even if we grant these modern day Southern patriots the premise that the Confederate flag has nothing to do with mass enslavement of black life that was the impetus for its creation, the argument that the Confederate flag is free from the stain of racism falls apart under the weight of history.


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ESA's Rosetta mission extended by nine months | David Szondy | GizMag.com

ESA's Rosetta mission extended by nine months | David Szondy | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

ESA has announced that its Rosetta comet orbiter mission will be extended by nine months. The unmanned spacecraft that rendezvoused with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last year will carry out further observations until September 2016, by which time it will be too far from the Sun to power itself and will land on the comet.

The mission was originally planned to end in December of this year, but on Tuesday the agency decided to continue the mission until the comet has travelled far enough from the Sun that it won't be possible to run the solar-powered spacecraft.

ESA says that the extended mission will allow Rosetta to make observations of the comet before and after its closest approach to the Sun, giving scientists a better knowledge of the activity of 67P by moving the probe closer to the comet as it as it approaches and recedes. This data will be correlated with Earth ground observations, which are difficult and often impossible as a comet comes close to the Sun.


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Best evidence of active lava flows spotted on Venus | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com

Best evidence of active lava flows spotted on Venus | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has found the best evidence yet of active lava flows on Venus. Earlier missions to Venus have shown that the surface bears the unmistakable scarring of fierce, ancient volcanic activity. However, prior to Venus express, no mission had been successful in directly imaging clues to contemporary volcanism. This quirk has baffled scientists for years, as it has long been assumed that Venus hosts an internal heat source, and that heat has to escape somehow.

Venus is often given the moniker "Earth's twin", owing to the fact that it possesses a similar mass and composition to our planet. In reality, the landscape of Venus is scarred and barren, cloaked in a thick, toxic atmosphere that has created a runaway greenhouse effect resulting in a surface temperature of 462° C (864° F).

Previous observations of Venus' atmosphere have obliquely hinted at the presence of active volcanism. For example, a spike in sulphur dioxide levels in Venus' upper atmosphere between 2006 and 2007 seemed to suggest a fierce but brief bout of volcanic activity, the after effects of which gradually subsided over the following five years.


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Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America | David Noise | Psychology Today

Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America | David Noise | Psychology Today | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The tragedy in Charleston last week will no doubt lead to more discussion of several important and recurring issues in American culture—particularly racism and gun violence—but these dialogues are unlikely to bear much fruit until the nation undertakes a serious self-examination. Decrying racism and gun violence is fine, but for too long America’s social dysfunction has continued to intensify as the nation has ignored a key underlying pathology: anti-intellectualism.

America is killing itself through its embrace and exaltation of ignorance, and the evidence is all around us. Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter who used race as a basis for hate and mass murder, is just the latest horrific example. Many will correctly blame Roof's actions on America's culture of racism and gun violence, but it's time to realize that such phenomena are directly tied to the nation's culture of ignorance.

In a country where a sitting congressman told a crowd that evolution and the Big Bang are “lies straight from the pit of hell,” (link is external) where the chairman of a Senate environmental panel brought a snowball (link is external) into the chamber as evidence that climate change is a hoax, where almost one in three citizens can’t name the vice president (link is external), it is beyond dispute that critical thinking has been abandoned as a cultural value. Our failure as a society to connect the dots, to see that such anti-intellectualism comes with a huge price, could eventually be our downfall.

In considering the senseless loss of nine lives in Charleston, of course racism jumps out as the main issue. But isn’t ignorance at the root of racism? And it’s true that the bloodshed is a reflection of America's violent, gun-crazed culture, but it is only our aversion to reason as a society that has allowed violence to define the culture. Rational public policy, including policies that allow reasonable restraints on gun access, simply isn't possible without an informed, engaged, and rationally thinking public.

Some will point out, correctly, that even educated people can still be racists, but this shouldn’t remove the spotlight from anti-intellectualism. Yes, even intelligent and educated individuals, often due to cultural and institutional influences, can sometimes carry racist biases. But critically thinking individuals recognize racism as wrong and undesirable, even if they aren’t yet able to eliminate every morsel of bias from their own psyches or from social institutions. An anti-intellectual society, however, will have large swaths of people who are motivated by fear, susceptible to tribalism and simplistic explanations, incapable of emotional maturity, and prone to violent solutions. Sound familiar?


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Professional Learning Opportunities and the Teachers They Create | Andrew Marcinek Blog | Edutopia.org

Professional Learning Opportunities and the Teachers They Create | Andrew Marcinek Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Over the past few years, professional learning structures have shifted dramatically. This has been a shift not so much in content or strategies, but rather in overall design of professional learning.

At its core, professional learning is the key component to improving educator practice and providing new perspectives on an ever-changing profession. While most content has remained consistent throughout time, instructional design, educational policy, and classroom tools and structures have been in constant motion. But with all of the demands of the classroom and the limited time in a school calendar, how do we pack all of the resources, strategies, and exemplars into only a handful of professional learning days? The simple answer is that we don't.

Professional learning opportunities should not be treated as if they were a test that we're all cramming for with only minutes left to study. Instead, professional learning should resemble a variety of unique threads that make up the fabric of an educator's professional career. It should be something that we desire and seek out, not dread. In most cases, educators have an innate desire to learn and grow professionally. In essence, this idea is the guiding principle and philosophy that moves education forward: the desire to be a lifelong learner and model the practice for our students so that they can one day emulate this concept.


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Construction of Giant Telescope Pushes on Despite Protests | Mike Wall | Space.com

Construction of Giant Telescope Pushes on Despite Protests | Mike Wall | Space.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

The group building a huge telescope on Hawaii's tallest mountain plans to restart construction this week, ending a two-month delay caused by protestors opposed to the ambitious project.

Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano — work that was halted in April after a series of protests—will resume on Wednesday (June 24), project representatives said in a statement issued over the weekend.

"Our period of inactivity has made us a better organization in the long run," Henry Yang, chair of the TMT International Observatory Board, said in the statement. "We are now comfortable that we can be better stewards and better neighbors during our temporary and limited use of this precious land, which will allow us to explore the heavens and broaden the boundaries of science in the interest of humanity." [The Biggest Telescopes on Earth: How They Measure Up]

Construction of the $1.4 billion TMT began in October near the top of Mauna Kea, which rises 13,796 feet (4,205 meters) into the sky from the Big Island of Hawaii. The TMT will link up 492 small, hexagonal mirrors to form a giant light-collecting surface 98 feet (30 m) wide.

Once complete in the early 2020s, the observatory will return images 10 times sharper than those captured by NASA's iconic Hubble Space Telescope, TMT representatives have said. Astronomers will put the telescope to a number of uses: searching for and characterizing exoplanets, for example, and investigating the nature of mysterious dark matter and dark energy. (Two other huge, ground-based scopes — the Giant Magellan Telescope and the European Extremely Large Telescope — should come online in Chile at about the same time as TMT, and do similar work.)


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5 Ways to "Remove the Walls" From Your Classroom | Alex Byland Blog | Edutopia.org

5 Ways to "Remove the Walls" From Your Classroom | Alex Byland Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

After the first day of school this year, I couldn't believe my luck! My seventh grade math and science students participated eagerly, worked well in groups, and followed our agreed-upon classroom procedures.


With the deck stacked in my favor, I was sure that this was going to be my best year of teaching thus far. However, after three to four weeks, the on-task behaviors waned across the grade as students seemed to focus more on personal squabbles than their classwork.


Simply put, the students were getting tired of one another. Even when I changed up the seating chart, planned purposeful groups, and taught interactive differentiated lessons, the students' bickering continued to get in the way of their learning. The honeymoon period was officially over!


5 Best Practices

I quickly realized that we needed to approach our classes in a drastically different manner to ensure that this school year would be successful. During collaborative planning, my colleagues and I decided to swap some students for an upcoming lesson to see if altering their routine and separating some conflicting personalities would have a positive behavioral impact.


We were astounded by the results. The students' participation skyrocketed, they interacted appropriately within their new peer groups, and best of all, they mastered the lesson. I asked myself, "Have we just discovered the key to resetting the glorious honeymoon period?"

Over the school year, our students made strong gains as we continued dabbling with purposefully regrouping them across our classes. I've compiled a list of five successful strategies so that you, too, can remove the walls from your classroom and work smarter, not harder, to see more effective results.


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VT: Recess for High School Students | Montpelier High School Blog | Edutopia.org

VT: Recess for High School Students | Montpelier High School Blog | Edutopia.org | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Last year, Montpelier High shifted its schedule to free up 15 minutes -- for recess.


Teachers and students find they are more calm and focused, with a camaraderie that continues into the classroom.


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Sci-Hub Tears Down Academia's "Illegal" Copyright Paywalls | TorrentFreak

Sci-Hub Tears Down Academia's "Illegal" Copyright Paywalls | TorrentFreak | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

In a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers, Sci-Hub.org is facing millions of dollars in damages. However, the site has no intentions of backing down and will continue its fight to keep access to scientific knowledge free and open. "I think Elsevier's business model is itself illegal," Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan says.

With a net income of more than $1 billion Elsevier is one of the largest academic publishers in the world.

The company has the rights to many academic publications where scientists publish their latest breakthroughs. Most of these journals are locked behind paywalls, which makes it impossible for less fortunate researchers to access them.

Sci-Hub.org is one of the main sites that circumvents this artificial barrier. Founded by Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher born and graduated in Kazakhstan, its main goal is to provide the less privileged with access to science and knowledge.

The service is nothing like the average pirate site. It wasn’t started to share the latest Hollywood blockbusters, but to gain access to critical knowledge that researchers require to do their work.

“When I was working on my research project, I found out that all research papers I needed for work were paywalled. I was a student in Kazakhstan at the time and our university was not subscribed to anything,” Alexandra tells TF.

After Googling for a while Alexandra stumbled upon various tools and services to bypass the paywalls. With her newly gained knowledge, she then started participating in online forums where other researchers requested papers.

When she noticed how grateful others were for the papers she shared, Alexandra decided to automate the process by developing software that could allow anyone to search for and access papers. That’s when Sci-Hub was born, back in 2011.

“The software immediately became popular among Russian researchers. There was no big idea behind the project, like ‘make all information free’ or something like that. We just needed to read all these papers to do our research,” Alexandra.

“Now, the goal is to collect all research papers ever published, and make them free,” she adds.

Of course Alexandra knew that the website could lead to legal trouble. In that regard, the lawsuit filed by Elsevier doesn’t come as a surprise. However, she is more than willing to fight for the right to access knowledge, as others did before her.


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NASA'S Mars Odyssey spacecraft completes 60,000 orbits of the Red Planet | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com

NASA'S Mars Odyssey spacecraft completes 60,000 orbits of the Red Planet | Anthony Wood | GizMag.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

NASA's longest serving Martian orbiter, the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, has just achieved a historic milestone by completing its 60,000th orbit of the Red Planet. As a cornerstone of the agency's Mars Exploration Program, Odyssey has travelled an impressive 888 million miles (1.43 billion km) since arriving in orbit on October 24, 2001. Over the course of its operational life, the spacecraft has transformed how we see Mars, providing us with 208,240 images from its Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) alone.

Arguably Odyssey's most notable discovery was the existence of large quantities of water ice deposits beneath the surface of the Red Planet. The probe is also carrying out vital observations which will inform crew protection in a manned mission to Mars by monitoring radiation levels as a part of its Radiation Environment Experiment.

Odyssey has also provided the highest-resolution global map of Mars and in 2014, the spacecraft was tasked with documenting the flyby of the comet Siding Spring as it passed within 88,000 miles (139,500 km) of the planet.


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Meet the first tablet made just for your local library | Hayley Tsukayama | WashPost.com

Meet the first tablet made just for your local library | Hayley Tsukayama | WashPost.com | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

Back in 2006, a media devices company called Findaway launched its first product, inspired by the growth of the iPod. The Playaway was a little audio player that came pre-loaded with one audiobook -- basically the evolution of a book-on-tape. There was good buzz for it. They landed a deal with Borders and Barnes & Noble to distribute it. It was even featured on "Oprah," thanks to the show's book club.

Yet when the holiday season came, it completely flopped. Then the company started getting calls from an unexpected source: libraries.

Which makes sense, if you think about it. A regular consumer would want customization options and, to be honest, more than one audiobook per device. But libraries were already in the business of passing one thing from person to person.

[Worried about kids and summer reading? Three experts are here to help.]

Findaway has since refocused its efforts on serving schools, military clients and libraries -- all of which have interest in durable, pre-loaded audio players, e-readers and video players that let users try something new and then send it on to the next person. This month, the company is evolving yet again with the introduction a new product, the Playaway Launchpad, for the children's sections of libraries. While other libraries have started tablet-lending programs with iPads and Android tablets, Findaway boasts that this is the first one specifically designed to be lent by a library system.

"This allows every child to have the opportunity to experience a tablet, for free, from local libraries," said Mitch Kroll, the chief executive of Findaway. "We love that and it speaks to our heart."

Libraries, of course, have been evolving too. As more people pick up e-books instead of their paper-and-glue predecessors, libraries are becoming technology education hubs as well. Their traditional mandate of being the stewards of literacy is expanding to include digital literacy as well, said Lee Rainie, executive director of the Pew Center for Internet and American Life. The center has done extensive research into how libraries are changing, and how communities perceive libraries in the modern world.


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Senate Set to Debate NCLB After Show of Force by National Education Leaders | John Rosales | NEA Today

Senate Set to Debate NCLB After Show of Force by National Education Leaders | John Rosales | NEA Today | Digital Media Literacy + Cyber Arts + Performance Centers Connected to Fiber Networks | Scoop.it

A day after 10 national education groups held a joint press conference near Capitol Hill urging Congress to act on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Senate announced Wednesday it will begin debate of ESEA following the Fourth of July recess.

“No student should start another school year living under the current failed education policy,” Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association (NEA), said Tuesday at a news conference held at the National Press Club.

Representatives from 10 education groups joined forces to urge Congress to put kids first. They represented constituency groups of educators, principals, school boards, superintendents, chief state school officers, parents, PTA and school business officials.

After years of nationwide protests by educators, parents, students, and community groups, members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) unanimously approved on April 16 a bipartisan redraft of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Dubbed the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, it is now set for debate and a full vote on the Senate floor. ESEA was supposed to be reauthorized in 2007. The most recent reauthorization was NCLB, enacted in 2002.


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